Takeda Goichi (武田五一)

Goichi Takeda (December 15, 1872-February 5, 1938) was born in Bingofukuyama Domain, Bingo Province (current Fukuchiyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture). He was an architect called 'the father of the Kansai Architect World,' and represented modern Japanese architects. He was also called an architect who introduced new designs into Japan by being influenced by art nouveau and Vienna division schools during his study abroad. He also contributed to the field of crafts, designs, and textile designs besides architecture. He established the Faculty of Design course in Kyoto Handicraft High School (current Kyoto Institute of Technology) and the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate School of Architecture in Kyoto Imperial University (current Kyoto University) and educated many young people. He also communicated with Frank Lloyd Wright and participated in many projects including the construction of the Diet Building. He also took part greatly with the restoration of old architecture such as Horyu-ji and Byodo-in Temples.


1872: He was born in the house of a feudal retainer of Bingofukuyama Domain. 1897: He graduated from the Department of Engineering at Tokyo University. He continued to graduate school.

1900: He dropped out from graduate school and became an associate professor at Tokyo University. 1901: He traveled to Europe to study designs (until 1903). 1903: He returned to Japan and became a professor of Kyoto Handicraft High School (current Kyoto Institute of Technology). 1908: He held an additional position of temporal architect of the Ministry of Finance. He went to Europe and the United States to study for the Diet Building construction.

1916: He served as a member of a committee for preserving the wall art of Horyu-ji Temple. 1918: He became a principal of Nagoya Higher Technical School (current Nagoya Institute of Technology). 1920: He served as a Professor of Architecture of Kyoto Imperial University (until 1932). 1938: He passed away at the age of 67.